In this week’s Patent News – Indian Patent Agent Examination 2020 likely to be held in June this year; Federal Jury finds VMware guilty of patent infringement, awards $236 Million as damages to Densify; Caltech awarded $1.1 Billion in a patent infringement case against Apple and Broadcom; UK Government says Brexit will have no implications on IP system during the transition period; EPO publishes grounds for rejecting two patent applications that designated the machine as an inventor.
INDIAN PATENT NEWS
Indian Patent Agent Examination 2020 likely to be held in June this year
The Indian Patent Office issued a public notice on 31st January 2020 indicating the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs, and Trademarks (CGPDTM) is likely to conduct the Patent Agent Examination in June 2020. The notice also reads that further information will be made available on finalizing the schedule and certain other requirements. In today's situation of lockdown due to Covid19 If you are planning to apply, you must take online Patent Agent exam course which covers all the topics and also provides some test series.
PATENT DISPUTES / INFRINGEMENTS / SETTLEMENTS / LICENSING
Federal Jury finds VMware guilty of patent infringement, awards $236 Million as damages to Densify hence having this qualification has a high advantage. Also to understand the patent world well you must take Patent agent examination course
A federal jury in Delaware has ruled in favor of Densify, a software company based in Canada, and has awarded $236 Million by way of damages in a patent infringement lawsuit involving VMware. Densify had instituted a case in April, last year, alleging that VMware’s products – vRealize Operations Manager (vROps 7.0/7.5) Predictive DRS had infringed two of its patents, namely, US8209687 and US9654367. In addition to this, Densify had also stated that the latter had used the name “Densify” while referencing its own products. On Friday, last week, the jury announced its verdict before the Judge at the U.S District Court for the District of Delaware and held that VMware was guilty of patent infringement. VMware, in its statement, said, “While we appreciate and respect the judicial process, we continue to strongly believe that we do not infringe the patents asserted against us in this case, and intend to vigorously pursue all legal remedies that are available to us to prove that we are not liable here.”
Caltech awarded $1.1 Billion in a patent infringement case against Apple and Broadcom
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been awarded $1.1 Billion in a patent infringement case against Apple and Broadcom. The University, in 2016 had instituted a suit for patent infringement against the two tech giants in the Federal Court in Los Angeles, U.S.A. In its lawsuit, Caltech had alleged that the tech giants had infringed four of the University’s patents relating to Wi-Fi data transmission. Four years later, a jury has found the companies guilty of patent infringement.
The jury has awarded Caltech a sum of $1.1 Billion where Apple is bound to pay $837.8 Million and Broadcom is liable to pay $270.2 Million, as damages. According to reports, Apple has confirmed that the company will file an Appeal.
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